Moving on from its former association in Indonesia after it suffered several key exits, White & Case has forged a new alliance with local, Jakarta-based firm Witara Cakra Advocates.
The decision comes after two partners of its former Indonesia alliance firm, MD & Partners, left to join Baker & McKenzie best friend firm Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners and Norton Rose Fulbright respectively.
White & Case said in a statement: ‘White & Case has been active in Indonesia for more than 40 years, and we continue to work with leading Indonesian law firms to provide the best advice to our clients.’
The US firm is known to enjoy many associations in the region having partnered with local firm MD & Partners in 2013, after ending its non-exclusive agreement with Jakarta-based Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro (ABNR).
The firm currently has six outposts across Asia, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore – where it was granted renewal of its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence last month till April 2019.
In 2014, Bird & Bird signed strategic cooperation agreements with two Indonesian law firms – intellectual property specialists K&K Advocates and business law firm Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners (NSMP), while Clifford Chance also entered a formal association with Indonesian firm Linda Widyati & Partners (LWP) to service the country’s market.